Active Measures

66F69AD5-AD0B-4784-B117-2AC3D0D2250BI watched the movie “Active Measures” last night. I streamed it on Hulu. If watching that movie doesn’t set off alarm bells, nothing will. Even the most ardent Trump supporters will have to take pause if they see it. It exposes all of Vladimir Putin’s transgressions with respect to interference in the workings of democracies, and not just in the United States, but all across the globe.

Putin, according to the movie, has been engaged in his labor to make the world a more volatile place by undermining democracies and stoking division, dissension, and chaos in order regain for Russia the superpower status it had before the fall of the Soviet Union.

I know that conservatives, Republicans, and Trump’s lemmings, should they even bother to see the movie, will call it pure propaganda and fake news. But it doesn’t take the wisdom of the sage to see the truth behind it. And it’s scary how effective — and successful — Russia’s active measures have been. Very, very scary.

I loathe what’s happening to my country. I loathe what Vladimir Putin’s is doing to undermine our democracy, I loathe the Republicans in Congress who have allowed Trump to get away with this. And most of all, I loathe Donald Trump for being a traitor to his country.

Written for today’s one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge, Ragtag Daily Prompt, Your Daily Word Prompt, Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, Daily Addictions, and Scotts Daily Prompt.

In Other Words — The Blue Wave


46C78B12-BBAB-45D0-A617-3D88E564EF9AIn the two years since Trump was elected, a lot of damage has been done.

The President, his Cabinet, and the Republicans in Congress (and Vladimir Putin) have been fiddling while our nation is burning.

Like me, many voters are fed up and angry, and in less than three months Americans will go to the polls.

We will be sending an important message.

A big blue wave is coming.

2E64CDA9-9659-4EFF-AA52-38290AED6E9FThis post is written for the “In Other Words” prompt from Patricia’s Place. Today’s word is “wave,” and the rules are to write a story or poem of five lines or less using the word “wave.”

This is the first time I’ve participated in Patricia’s In Other Words challenge, but when I saw what the word was, I couldn’t stop myself.

SoCS — The Hotline

580CDE8A-D0AC-4DB0-B746-097FA079D780Hello? This is President Donald J. Trump speaking.

Oh, Vladimir, my friend, I’m so glad you called. Yes, everything is proceeding nicely according to plan.

Thank you, Vlad. I agree that I’ve done well with respect to the G7, NATO, the EU, and the trade wars. I see that those alliances are starting to crack. It shouldn’t take too much longer.

Yes, you were great at Helsinki. I think the world can see clearly what a great leader you really are, believe me.

Oh no, don’t worry about the Mueller probe. I’ve got half of America believing this whole collusion thing is a hoax. And all of the negative stuff on the news, well, my supporters are buying this whole “fake news” crap and that the mainstream media is their real enemy. My supporters are behind me bigly, Vlad. One hundred percent.

What’s that? Oh, right. Yes, Eric, Don Jr., and I are retweeting all of those Russia-backed tweets, just like you wanted us to do. It’s definitely working to sew the seeds of division and discontent. Between that and what your hacker teams are doing to interfere with the midterm elections and to smear the Democratic candidates, I don’t think we need to worry about any big blue wave in November.

And Vlad, You made a good call to not release that pee-pee tape of me you made at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton. Hey, you really got me good with that one, comrade. Ha ha!

No, I’m not concerned about Manafort or Cohen. I’ve got Giuliani all over Fox News spreading the word that they are liars and thugs. Yes, I know. People really are falling for it. They are even believing me when I tell them that you don’t want Trump because no one’s been tougher on Russia than Trump. They’re even buying that bullshit about how Russia is trying to help the Democrats.

Yes, you’re right, Vlad, Americans are suckers.

Okay, fine. That sounds good. It was great talking with you. Call me next week with further orders and I’ll give you an update on our progress on making Russia — I mean America — great again.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. The instructions are to use the word “call” or any word that contains those letters in that order.

It’s Going To Be a Bumpy Ride

FBAB2DFD-19E0-4EFA-B5C8-DB797B622840First Donald Trump said, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and the fury like the world has never seen.”

And then Trump met Kim Jong Un in Singapore and kissed his ass.

Trump boasted that, “Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than I have.” And then Trump met with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and kissed his ass.

Now tonight Trump tweeted B8921F9B-4B32-4ACD-9610-E613232882D2So what’s next? Is Trump going to meet somewhere with Hassan Rouhani and kiss his ass, too?

As one of my fellow bloggers, James Pyles, said in one of his comments to me in this post of his, “Hold on because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

One-Liner Wednesday — Would or Wouldn’t

“I don’t see any reason why it would be Russia.”

Donald Trump in Helsinki on July 16, 2018

Donald Trump now claims to have misspoken on Monday at the press conference after his one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. When asked by a journalist about whether he thought that Russia had interfered with the U.S. presidential election in 2016, what Trump actually said was, “I don’t see any reason why it would be Russia.”

But when he returned Monday from the summit, Trump said that he “realized there is some need for clarification” about his remarks on Russian interference in the election.

“In a key sentence in my remarks” Trump pointed out, “I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.’”

“The sentence should have been: ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’” he said. “Sort of a double negative.”

And that sort of reminded me of another mix-up of the words would and wouldn’t Trump previously made, which mix-up was perfectly captured in this Facebook post I came across:


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.